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ASUS ROG GTX 780 Ti MATRIX Platinum Video Card Review

In today's evaluation we are breaking down the ASUS ROG GTX 780 Ti MATRIX Platinum video card. We put this head-to-head with the ASUS ROG R9 290X MATRIX Platinum. Which provides a better gaming experience, best overclocking performance, and power and temperature? Which one provides the best value?

Introduction

ASUSTeK Computer Inc. is one of the largest and most successful computer hardware manufacturers in the world. A Taiwan-based company, it manufactures a wide variety of computer hardware, including motherboards, video cards, optical drives, notebooks, networking equipment, barebones desktop, and server systems, among many others. In 2008, it sold over 24 million motherboards, grossed 8.1 billion U.S., and won 3,056 awards from various enthusiasts and IT related outlets.

On our test bench today is the ASUS ROG GTX 780 Ti Matrix Platinum (ROG MATRIX-GTX780TI-P-3GD5) video card.

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We previously covered the ASUS ROG R9 290X MATRIX Platinum video card, which is the highest-end R9 290X video card available from ASUS. This video card has a factory overclock, a high-end cooling system, and LN2 cooling capabilities. We will be using this as our reference video card today.

Today's evaluation will be spotlighting the ASUS ROG GTX 780 Ti MATRIX Platinum, which has all of the same features as the ASUS ROG R9 290X MATRIX Platinum video card. It is also factory overclocked, and the highest GTX 780 Ti video card available from ASUS. Availability of the ASUS ROG GTX 780 Ti MATRIX Platinum can be hard to find, when we started this evaluation pricing was more expensive than the ASUS ROG R9 290X MATRIX Platinum, but still within comparable numbers.

Today, you will want to keep your eye on Amazon for when availability crops up, there are used cards available for purchase right now. The ASUS ROG GTX 780 Ti MATRIX Platinum of course uses the GK110 GPU, or the Kepler architecture. The GPU consists of 7.1B transistors on the 28nm manufacturing process. There are 2,880 CUDA Cores enabled, which is 25% more than the GTX 780. There are 7GHz of memory modules in use on the 384-bit memory bus. This allows a memory bandwidth of 336GB/sec.


ASUS ROG GTX 780 Ti MATRIX Platinum Video Card

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The ASUS ROG GTX 780 Ti MATRIX Platinum is a factory overclocked version of the GTX 780 Ti video card. This is the highest-end GTX 780 Ti model available from ASUS, not to be confused with the ASUS GTX 780 Ti DirectCU II which we evaluated a while back. The ASUS ROG GTX 780 Ti MATRIX-P (short for Platinum) has many other features that set it apart from any old GTX 780 Ti. The ROG brand stands for Republic of Gamers and signifies extreme performance and ingenuity geared toward gamers and hardware enthusiasts alike.

As we said the ASUS ROG GTX 780 Ti MATRIX-P is a factory overclocked card, set to run at 1072MHz boost clock. This is 144MHz above the reference model which is only clocked at 928MHz. That is a substantial factory overclock right there, ensuring faster out-of-box performance. The 3GB of memory runs at the reference value of 7GHz.

The ASUS ROG GTX 780 Ti MATRIX-P uses the DirectCU II cooling system for its temperature management. This features four, 8mm copper heat pipes, and one 10mm copper heat pipe. These maximize heat flow away from the GPU, onto the large aluminum fin-array heat sink. There are two fans, including a CoolTech fan mounted on the face of the video card. The CoolTech fan is a hybrid, designed for direct downward airflow, and turbine airflow to send air in multiple directions off of the video card.

There is an alternative cooling feature geared towards extreme enthusiasts. This video card is fully ready for LN2 cooling, including a switch on the board to jump between LN2 and standard mode. LN2 mode will allow for increased voltage levels, generating much more heat. That’s why it’s imperative to use LN2 cooling with this. Liquid nitrogen is extremely cold and can combat the excessive heat generated.

There is a 4-pin Molex connector on the back edge of the video card, which powers the brand-new ASUS memory defroster. During extreme-overclocking conditions using LN2, you can flip a switch to instantly defrost the video cards memory to assure stability. The memory doesn’t generate as much heat as the GPU, so there’s not much need of supercooling it. This provides users a quick way to exterminate the excess cold, and brings a whole new meaning to temperature control.

ASUS can deliver so much precise power because of the boards DIGI+ VRM or voltage-regulator. This delivers 14-phase power through the super alloy power black-metallic capacitors, concrete-core chokes and hardened MOSFETs. These components can handle greater stress and heat, resulting in stable performance during extreme overclocking. These components are also extremely well known for a lengthier lifespan compared to components found on a reference model. ASUS only uses the best quality components for its customers.

The ASUS ROG GTX 780 Ti MATRIX-P also features an LED color-coded load indicator. Each color signifies some loading level on the video card. When it is green it means the video card is running in safe mode. Red signifies heavy loading, while orange represents medium loading. Blue symbolizes light loading. This lets you look at their video card and quickly gauge the video cards stress level.

ASUS knows that gamers and enthusiasts alike desire to overclock the hardware they purchase. ASUS GPU Tweak allows you to burn your overclock to the BIOS, and has a safe mode switch located on the video card as a backup. Just one tap will reset the video card to default frequencies in case of emergency.


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The ASUS ROG GTX 780 Ti MATRIX-P ships in a large box that targets all the features of the video card. The back of the box shows a diagram of all the physical areas on the video card. The accessory package includes a driver CD and quick installation guide, and two dual 6-pin to 8-pin PCIe connectors. There was also a Republic of Gamers badge for your case.

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The ASUS ROG GTX 780 Ti MATRIX-P sports a predominantly black color scheme with red trim. The PCB is black, and the heatsink and heat pipes are painted matte black. The back aluminum plate that secures all rear mounted components is also black. It's a beautifully colored and well designed video card that feels very sturdy.

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The small switch along the top edge of the video card allows you to choose standard operating mode or LN2 mode. On the back edge of the video card, opposite the I/O panel is a 4-pin Molex connector used to power the memory defroster during subzero overclocking. The on/off defroster switch is located back here, along with the safe mode BIOS reset switch. There is also a hub to manually solder on voltage monitoring cables to read live voltages right from the hardware.

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Along the top of edge, towards the power adapters is the LED GPU loading indicator. The rear I/O panel houses two dual-link DVI-D connectors, an HDMI connector, and a DisplayPort connector. This video card requires two 8-pin PCIe power adapters and a 750W minimum power supply to operate effectively. It measures 11 and 5/8th inches in length, 1.5 inches wide, and 5.5 inches in height. This is a pretty big video card compared to many we see, make sure it has enough room for your case!